For many, Atlanta is just the bonfire background to one of cinema's most famous clinches, but the city's profile is rising. Long known as the 'Capital of the New South', Atlanta has benefited in recent years from a booming economy. Not to mention the 1996 Olympics, the baseball dynasty and an internationally renowned hip-hop scene.
The city has suffered from overzealous college get-downs and relentless development. But there are offbeat neighborhoods to explore and old-fashioned towns nearby where you can still savor something of bygone days.